Topics Under Category: "Crowdfunding"

Mainvest

Crowdfunding Portal Mainvest is on a Hyperlocal Mission in Massachusetts

Locavesting Staff | April 27, 2019

More than $2.7 billion in venture capital flowed into Massachusetts in the first quarter, according to the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey. Yet pretty much none of that went to the kind of local businesses that anchor neighborhoods—the restaurants, cafes, yoga studios and breweries. Fortunately, those mom & pops have another option, thanks to Mainvest, an investment […]

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Crowdfunded Companies Find Success With Follow-On Funding

Locavesting Staff | December 12, 2018

Who says crowdfunding will scare off follow-on investors? Quite the contrary, it seems. Businesses are finding that a successful investment crowdfunding campaign can pave the way for follow-on  funding from angels, venture capitalists, banks and other institutional investors. The latest—and largest—example to date: Beta Bionics, the maker of a “bionic pancreas” that was among the […]

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A Crowdfunding Bootcamp Aims to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs in North Carolina

Amy Campbell Bogie | November 12, 2018

Raising money is difficult for any entrepreneur, but veteran-owned small businesses in particular tend to struggle with capital raising. A new program in North Carolina aims to help. INVESTinNC, a Wilmington, NC-based crowdfunding education company, has launched an investment crowdfunding program specifically for veteran entrepreneurs. The company is recruiting six veteran entrepreneurs looking to raise […]

Milk Money Vermont

With Acquisition, A New Chapter for Vermont’s Milk Money

Locavesting Staff | October 19, 2018

Milk Money, a Vermont-only crowd investing portal, has been acquired, signaling a new phase for the platform—and perhaps the intrastate crowdfunding market as well. The two-year old intrastate crowdfunding platform’s new owner is the Vermont Innovation Commons, a regional innovation hub in Burlington combining a startup accelerator, co-working space and residential units under one roof. The […]

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With Help From State Crowdfunding Law, an Alaskan Brewery Looks to Expand

Amy Cortese | October 10, 2018

Many U.S. cities these days are dotted with microbreweries vying for attention. But for residents of Sitka, a tiny Alaskan city nestled below Baranof Island’s glacier-carved mountains and accessible only by boat or plane, their lone microbrewery is a vital part of the community. Baranof Island Brewing Co. was founded in 2010 by Rick Armstrong, […]

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B Corp DoneGood on Why Investment Crowdfunding Makes Sense for Social Enterprises

Cullen Schwarz | September 20, 2018

When a lot of tech startups raise an investment round, they turn exclusively to deep-pocketed venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. For some of those investors, the only real goal is fast growth and massive profit, by any means necessary—goals their startups inherit. Like the mission-driven brands our company works to support, DoneGood strives to be different […]

Buy The Block Empowers Black Communities to Invest in Themselves

Amy Cortese | September 11, 2018

In this age of wealth inequality, runaway development and gentrification, it’s easy for communities to feel powerless in the face of rapid change. Lynn Smith founded Buy The Block, a real estate crowdfunding portal and the first portal that is African American-owned, to help change that dynamic. Smith (pictured above) has invested in real estate […]

Noted Community Capital Lawyers Launch Crowdfund Mainstreet

Amy Cortese | August 23, 2018

With more than 40 approved funding portals for Regulation Crowdfunding, the launch of a new portal might elicit a yawn. But Crowdfund Mainstreet, which debuts on Friday, has a unique pedigree—and a mission to match. The Oakland, CA-based portal is the creation of a pair of lawyers—Jenny Kassan and Michelle Thimesch—who have been on the […]

JOBS Act 3.0

Is JOBS Act 3.0 About to Become Reality?

Locavesting Staff | July 18, 2018

Investment crowdfunding may finally get the fixes that advocates have long called for. On Wednesday, a sweeping collection of bipartisan bills known collectively as the JOBS Act 3.0 passed the House of Representatives with broad support. The package now moves to the Senate. Sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Ranking […]

Debt-based Crowdfunding Is Quietly Generating Investor Returns

Locavesting Staff | May 30, 2018

Crowdfunding success is often measured by the number of campaigns meeting their funding targets and the dollars raised. But what about the investor side of the equation? It’s still very early, and there are no industry-wide performance metrics that measure investor returns. But there are inklings. Some investment crowdfunding portals have lately taken to reporting […]